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reference to the surge being -- >> i'm asking you a question, senator hagel. >> mccain, inhofe, graham, and cruz all trying to destroy the president's pick for secretary of defense, who just happens to be a republican. retired colonel lawrence wilkerson breaks down today's bizarre proceedings. >>> plus, jonathan alter on the new democratic plan to take back the house using citizens united. >>> another big-time republican reveals his disgust for moochers on social security and medicare. richard wolffe, howard fineman, and david corn break down the gop's ongoing problem with half of america. >>> and in center left america, it is no longer okay to be a homophobic professional athlete. >> to let all lgbt teams know that it gets better. >> we'll tell you about the inspiring backlash to a 49ers' anti-gay slur. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. you know, if you had lunch with somebody every tuesday for 12 years, do you think you'd feel like you have kind of got to know them a little bit? chuck hagel must have felt blindsided today by old senate friends. because
to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
are dying. middle east peace breaking up. that doesn't matter. the national debt. chuck hagel. that doesn't matter. there's a cruise ship outside of mobile bay. let's get a helicopter on them. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. >> that's quite a move. >> one little problem. >> what? what's that? >> the world didn't actually stop. and other things are happening. and hagel's -- >> oh, okay. >> -- vote was delayed. it will be well over another week before the senate reconsiders the nomination of chuck hagel. >> really? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision
no votes for kerry for secretary of state. during chuck hagel's confirmation process for defense secretary, cruz expressed alarm for hagel's support for the nomination and wondered if he had be paid by foreign governments including north korea. >> i don't know if mr. hagel received funds directly or indire sources, extreme sources. but his refusal to provide disclosure. >> senator cruz has gone over the line. he has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> cruz denied that insisting he was asking questions. even john mccain who opposing hagel's nomination didn't buy it. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he has served his country, and no up with on this committee at any time should impugn his character or integrity. >> that only had another liberal piling on cruz. >> this guilt by association reminds us of senator joe mccarthy. >> they see cruz as -- [ inaudible ] cruz, whose father was fortured in castro cuba is seen as charismatic hispanic of princeton and can help the g.o.p. appeal to minorities. cruz made his presence felt in a short time by the senate stap dards. the attack proof
on the president's choice for next defense secretary. if and how this may affect chuck hagel's chances. >> dramatic images as the nightmare ends for thousands of cruise passengers. >> plus, an astroid will come close to earth today, as a meteor bursts into flames above russia. an update on the space show and amazing video ahead. >> first, a live look outside. we're starting off the weekend with a wintry mix. 7:26now. >>> take a look. welcome back. amazing pictures of a meteor falling to earth in central russia. it entered the atmosphere in the ural mountains. a driver in russia caught this video as he was driving on a highway as the meteor explodes into smaller meterrites. it caused loud explosions, intense flashes. it left a thick white contrail. an apparent sonic boom left broken glass in several cities which hurt over 450 people. >>> later today, an astroid half the size of a football field will come close to earth. even come closer than weather and tv satellites in orbit. but beyond that, nasa is telling people not to worry and it will not hit earth. at the closest point it will be 17,000 miles
chuck hagel who has been nominated to be secretary of defense has been proposing. he has said so many things against us even as a nation being nuclear armed and ready, that it is very disturbing to people all across the country. bill: if you think that, do you think we've lost the argument with iran over its nuclear program? is that time passed? >> well, i think that the time has passed. they now view it as, us versus them. sanctions have worked to lower the value of their currency. sanctions have had an impact on people through throughout the country of iran. but i don't believe they have had the impact that has been desired against the iranian government. bill: why are we sitting down and talking again? what's the expectation from something like this? >> i think very little would be expected. i would expect the iranians to have their arms folded in front of their chest and sitting there, perhaps, listening, but basically they're continuing to run out the clock. they may even talk a little bit about wanting to negotiate but they have no interest in, my opinion, bill, in negotiating o
filibustering president obama's nominee for secretary of defense, for now. will chuck hagel be confirmed anyway? why the delay? former senator scott brown is just ahead. he will address that. bill: he was holding his head in his hands. olympic star oscar pistorius, formally charged with shooting his girlfriend to death inside of his hope. he put out his first statement. we'll get a live report out of south africa. bill: this word from the vatican today. the retiring pope benedict xvi signing off on one of the last major appointments of his papacy. he approved a german lawyer to head the troubled vatican bank. that appointment ends a nine-month search after the previous bank chief was ousted for incompetence. pope benedict steps down on the 28th of february, triggering a new conclave in mid-march with the selection of a new pope happening sometime we do believe in mid to late march, beef easter. heather: that should be exciting to watch. let's talk about another story that's getting a lot of attention now. an emotional court appearance in south africa just hours ago as prosecutors say they will
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
the same conclusion. >>> former senator chuck hagel will have to wait a little longer to find out if he will be the next defense secretary. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay hagel's confirmation vote which was scheduled for this morning. that's because republicans demanded more information. several senators want more detail of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches he's made. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> what could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerbal
republicans have blocked chuck hagel's nomination to become defense secretary for now. democrats came up two votes short of the 60 needed to force a straight up-or-down vote on hagel's nomination. but as they are now leaving town for a week's vacation, another vote is not scheduled until a week from tuesday. if there is not, bomb bombshell revelations about hagel, republicans say they will not filibuster his nomination and he is expected to be confirmed. >>> president obama will be in chicago later on today as he continues to promote issues present inside his state of the union address. the president will talk about proposals to boost the economy, particularly the middle class. on thursday mr. obama was in decatur, georgia where he met with students and teachers at the college heights early education program. the president wants to find ways to make schools accessible to all families regardless of their income. mr. obama says early childhood education sets the stage for academic success down the road. >> the kids we saw today that i had a chance to spend time with in mary's classroom, they'
services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committee
forward, was not able to get the votes to move forward on a confirmation vote on former senator hagel, they must be very upset if they think cozying up to iran and betraying israel further than this administration already has, if they think that's a good idea, closer to iran, betray israel, yesterday was a bad day and you should be very angry with most of the senate republicans and especially my friend senator ted cruz, because they happen to be concerned about our ally israel and concerned about threats of madmen running the country of iran. so if you look, though, at the speeches that have come out after senator hagel had said all things were made public and then this stuff keeps trickling out, another speech, hey, let's put a consulate in iran while they are trying to destroy us and apparently some people can't remember past 10, 12 years and i think it's important to remember our history. 1979, i was at fort beening, georgia in the united states army and some of us haven't forgotten what was happening. and as we have seen new things arise, as we have seen the horrors of what is goi
. >> and chuck hagel, he was before the firing squad this week. we have a clip, an exchange between mccain and hagel. listen. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? >> well, i will not give you a yes or no and i think it's far more complicated than that. >> how do you think he handled that? >> he seemed to struggle the entire season, and they did mock hearings according to administration and people i talked to, and chuck hagel made the decision he would not have arguments during that. and we will see leon pennetta on "meet the press," and he was very tough on the republican, and he thought the republicans showed that it was clear that they had their political knives out to try to carve up chuck hagel. >> this is quite the duo, and all of the hot spots you talked about, we get into that conversation. >> thank you. >> see you later. >>> if you filled up your tank lately you probably noticed gas prices are up. right now gas prices are the highest they have been since -- they have ever
republican senators delayed the vote on chuck hagel. but today alabama republican richard shelby announced he does intend to vote for former senator hagel. telling an alabama newspaper "he is probably as good as we are are going to get get." the vote of confidence as much as it is should be enough you to get hagel confirmed. a vote is expected next week. >>> if you like sushi chances are you don't even know what you are eating. not just sushi. new word of all kinds of seafood fraud ahead. we will have fish on the set. >>> is your doctor assigning tests and treatments that you don't need from cat scans to pap smears? maybe even an antibuyoutic. we will tell you what they are saying and let you decide if they are right. the medical groups now warn what is happening to you may be doing more large than good. [ male announcer ] susan writes children's books. when she's happy, she writes about bunnies. when she's sad, she writes about goblins. [ balloon pops, goblin growling ] she wrote a lot about goblins after getting burned in the market. but she found someone to talk to and gained the confidenc
. back to you guys. >> thank you. >>> also on the hill, a vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the senate is deeply did i voided on the nomination but hagel is expected to get the necessary votes. it will be first time in history that more than a handful of senators will vote against a nominee to head the pentagon. pentagon. >>> a check of this morning's other top stories. the maryland senate is expected to take up a gun control law today that has the support of governor martin o'malley. opponents say it violates second amendment rights, one of most con ten schuss provisions would require people to submit to fingerprints for handgun licensing. it also would ban assault weapons. >>> the man accused in the mother-daughter murders in prince george's county will have to be retried. a judge decolored a mistrial in the case against jason scott on a technicality. the bodies of dolores and ebony dewitt were found in the trunk of a stolen burned out car in 2009. someone testified scott was involved in multiple home invasions but it had been previously ruled that only one home
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returns tomorrow with the senate. chuck hagel is expected to be the next defense secretary. a boat could happen early as tuesday. and those automatic budget cuts -- budget cuts begin to kick in. on the sunday, often during, 24, we will begin with the topic of health care. specifically, medicaid. is it a good idea? we want to get your thoughts on all of this. 202 is the area code. 585-3881 for the republicans. 202-585-3880 is our democratic line. you can also join us at facebook or send us an e-mail. a couple of issues dealing with health care and the elderly. a cover story, "increased -- a crisis in plain sight." and this cover story from time magazine called, "why medical billsa re killing us." and from "the new york times," -- there is the story of one of a number of republican governors -- he said ohio would reverse this decision if the government failed to cover all the cost of the expansion. here are some details for ohio -- last year the supreme court ruling that they have the ability to tap in and out of the system. medicaid covers 2.2 million people in ohio. it is the single larg
a republican filibuster of chuck hagel's nomination. it sets the statement for a full senate vote on hagel's nomination tomorrow which needs 60 votes in order to pass. and the senate intelligence committee is delaying a vote to confirm john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. chairwoman dianne feinstein postponed the vote saying she wants more details on the white house drone program and the tax on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> still ahead, a campaign fundraiser turned uglyout side facebook founder mark zuckerberg's california home. we'll tell you why. >>> some welcome news no those stranded cruise ship passengers. we'll tell you all about it when we come back.  >>> later today, the nightmare for thousands strappedded on -- stranded on a cruise ship will finally be over. the ship is expected to dock in moab beal, alabama today. it is offering passengers an additional $500 in compensation because of all this. >>> a crowe gathered outside mark zuckerberg's home last night as he hosted a fund raiser event for new jersey governor chris christie. this seemingly odd
. the senate confirm chuck hagel to be the new defense secretary. jack lew passed through committee to head the treasury. we like to hear your thoughts this morning. here are the numbers to call. host: you can join the conversation on twitter, twitter.com/cspanwj. or join the conversation on facebook, facebook.com/cspan. let's look at some of the headlines. "usa today." "the president and republicans jousted again yesterday." host: the headline on the story from "the new york times.' republicans are calling the impact overstated and citing spending as a key issue. here is what americans are saying. "the wall street journal" has a new poll. you can see the breakdown of numbers on the opinions of what each is opposing it to do. a 29% approval rating in terms of the sequester. 57% disagree with what the republicans are doing. 1/5 of respondents do think sequester cuts are a good idea. "austerity has killed off government jobs," says "the new york times." host: looking at some other stories. this from "usa today." host: here is another headline about the misuse of power. we like to hear your th
's blocking of further consideration of the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. we'll be back here in chicago as soon as the president arrives. >> good morning, thanks for talking with us. >> how unusual is it to have the president's pick blocked at this stage of the game? guest: it is very unusual. the senator has never filibustered the president's nomination for the defense secretary. the most bizarre thing, i think, is probably the most frustrating for the people watching this, particularly outside of washington, is that you know, former senator hagel is former republican senator, mind you. the reason why it was defeated because the majority leader harry reid switched his vote to no so he could bring the vote back up again after the senate comes back from recease. a lot of republican senators were saying that they did not want this choice filibustered. even if they wanted to vote no on his nomination he at least deserves an up down vote in order to be approved. the republicans decided to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on i
look at what the president's motives are for picking chuck hagel, i think he wants a republican to be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the defense department which i think is do serious serious damage to our military capabilities. >> here we go. 44 past the hour. >> you could be a little more cheerful. >> i was trying to find the clock. >> you go all right, here we go. we're having a good time. nick sabin is here. be a little more exciting. >> i love him. >> democratic senator from west virginia, member of the senate armed services committee and co-chair of no labels. good to have you back on the show way over there. >> you're not used to this set, are you? >> no. i'm adjusting. takes me a while. >> i want to, first of all, joe, you brought some fascinating phrases from the first state of the union. george washington calling for quote adequate provision to support the public credit, providing for the common defense with the due regard to the economy and foreigners admitted to the right of citizens by uniform rule of naturalization. the first one. also talks abou
second round. if they are interested, they should let us know. the meeting of our committee and the hagel nomination of the scheduled at 230 will begin at 2:45 p.m. because we have two votes at 2:15 p.m. two votes at 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. after consulting with senator inhofe, we are going to begin our meeting this afternoon at 2:45 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. i've asked everybody to vote early so that we can begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. this afternoon. now, i'm going to call on senator graham, then i will go to senator shaheen. senator graham? >> thank you, gentlemen, thank you for coming. thank you for having this hearing. i can't think of a better topic to be talking about. can you tell us about this is? >> senator, i have a degree in english from duke university, the answer is yes. i don't know what it's going to take. maybe it gets everyone's attention, from a navy perspective, if sequestration is implemented, will he have less naval bases? >> well, senator, that falls under the base closure realignment process. >> how many ships will they have? >> if sequestration is enacted over th
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they will use up every last minute. chuck hagel wasn't exactly radiant his first day on the job. >> budget, sequestration, i don't need to dwell on all of the good news there. that's a reality. we need to figure this out. >> we certainly do. jack lew was confirmed as treasury secretary today. now to the news on guns and capitol hill where emotions are running high and rightfully so. they held a hearing to examine banning assault weapons. this is senator dianne feinstein's big push. >> i'm a bit frustrated that we say one thing, how important it is, but in the real world we absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books. now let's -- >> senator -- >> how many cases -- >> you know what it doesn't matter -- i want to stop -- i want to finish the answer -- >> no. >> i want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally, if you think we're going to do paperwork prosecutions, you are wrong. >> michael: i love that. i love seeing someone go after lindsey graham. the anger and distrust were quickly followed by something sad. here is neil heslin who lost his six-yea
. but it was postponed yesterday. republicans are demanding more answers from hagel about his finances. >>> yesterday they made a call to congress in support of the gun restriction proposals to ban the sale of assault weapons and to issue background checks. >> my own children were not allowed to have a gun in my house. they're not allowed. i just believe that assault weapons, they were invented for war. they shouldn't be on our s treets. >> critics say that president obama's gun control proposals will undermine the rights to own a gun. >>> there are new details in a case, they will not unseal recent documents in the case necessary for safety reasons. the intern went missing back in 2001 and her body was found in rock creek park. the man convicted is serving an 80-year prison sentence and he will be back in court today on a separate issue in the case. >>> a maryland man remains in critical condition after his car collided with a freight train. you can see the car was badly damaged. it happened near ice plant road. prince george's police believes that the driver tried to beat the train. >>> a subshop
hours the democratically controlled senate will once again hold a test vote on the nominee chuck hagel. he failed to meet the 60-vote threshold earlier this month amid concerns about his record. it was the first time the senate successfully filibustered a cabinet nominee. a final vote could be held tomorrow if hagel reaches 60 votes. >> notice anything different in these pictures? apparently first lady michelle obama's oscar dress is a little racy for iran, so they photo shopped it. during a report on the oscars, the first lady's dress suddenly had a high neckline and sleeves. mrs. obama helped announce "argo" as the winner of best picture which iranian officials also slammed as propaganda for the c.i.a. calling the oscars politically motivated. i actually like the dress on the right. i don't know what that means. >>brian: i didn't know iran had colorforms. what does iran think about the way ben affleck think about the way it was depicted? do you think it was for diplomatic reasons where they captured our hostages? do we skew that? >>steve: iran said it is basically farcical about the
a deeply divided senate could vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. law makers will hold a vote to end a fill buster. the former republican senator likely has the necessary support to pass despite criticism from some of his former colleagues. also today, president obama will meet with two key senate republicans to discuss immigration reform. john mccain and south carolina senator lindsay graham. members of a bipartisan group. >> full senate will begin debate on a gun measure. the bill bans assault weapons and blocks people who have been involuntarily committed for health reasons from owning guns. would require people to submit fingerprints for hand gun licensing. supporters say that will make it harder for people to get others to buy guns illegally. the measures violate second amendment rights. no word on if or when could face a vote. >> other stories making headlines. a man accused in the mother/daughter murders in prince georges county will have to be retried. declared a mistrial on a technicality. the bodies were found in the trunk of a stolen burned out car
that confirmation hearing? because we know chuck hagel had a difficult time, john kerry's was fairly straightforward. does this mean that john brennan may have quite a tough time thursday? >> reporter: he might. carney said he still believes brennan will be confirmed, but in a letter to president obama, 11 senators said that this could complicate those confirmation hearings, including ron widen, susan collins of maine saying that they want more answers about this. of course, brennan is really the only person in the administration who has spoken directly about the drone program making the point that the administration only targets someone if they believe they have good cause, if they believe that there won't be a lot of collateral damage. so this is something that he has talked about. carney pointed to the fact that a lot of this is still classified, so there are probably limits to what he can be asked during this confirmation hearing, but, martin, he's going to get some tough questions. >> and you will be there to report on it. nbc news white house correspondent kristin welker. thank you. >>. >> rep
us this morning. >> also today in washington, chuck hagel was sworn in this morning as defense secretary in a private ceremony with family members and immediate office staff at the pentagon. he later spoke to folks at the pentagon. we'll show that to you later in our program schedule. the supreme court today heard testimony in a case regarding the voting rights act of 1965. "the new york times" reporting on the oral argument today saying a central provision of that voting rights act could be in peril judging from rough or tough questioning today from the supreme court's more conservative members. they write that the law, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme cou
's considered the architect of america's drone program. >>> the vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is postponed. the senate armed services committee put it off after republicans demanded more information from the nominee on speeches he had made plus who had paid him for those speeches. there's also been concern over his lackluster performance during the question and answer sessions at his recent confirmation hearings. >>> 6:06. jessica doyle is here with another your money report. >> the automatic federal budget cuts. sequestration. about three weeks away and everybody is saying this could be a big blow to the u.s. economy, to defense, to a whole list of things. >> defense is something that is definitely having some growing concerns. people keep asking the question, are we going to be safe if these cuts do in fact hit this year. the military is facing down $46 billion in defense spending cuts this year, most of that is due to sequestration which of course are those automatic spending cuts that will hit the federal government starting march 1 if congress doesn't act quick
a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a step closer
demand answers. >> could the dear man read the deer sign? >> yeah. >> stephanie: what does chuck hagel have to do with benghazi, nothing? >> absolutely nothing. the whole thing with chuck hagel has to do with lindsay graham getting renominated to run for senate in south carolina. >> stephanie: that's what i was going to say is that the only reason john mccain is doing this is to help lindsay graham? >> i think that's the only reason yes. the american people need to know! [ laughter ] >> stephanie: so jonathan karl was in for stephnoplouse. you say math itself demands that granny starve. >> yeah he is trying to rehabilitate himself, and i don't think he can make it. first of all he still has the stench of romney on him, and that may never go away. >> stephanie: you quote a bunch of word salad he spews. these are your words you said what conservatives like me have been fighting for years are statutory caps in spending. you can't turn it without a supermajority, we got that into law. and if you were taking credit for the idea of a sequester you were certainly suggesti
your experience in research, what do you think of the reaction against chuck hagel's being secretary of defense, a man whose clearly reluctant to send soldiers into harm's way having been there himself. >> the question was about the former senator chuck hagel, a man with two purple hearts, shrapnel in his test, and all the controversy over him. without weighing in on him per se. i like the idea of people who served in uniform having a say in policy decisions in which men in uniform and women in uniform are sent into harm's way, as a general thought. i don't have a position on whether he should be secretary of defense. i do think it's interesting, and the last three or four weeks i've wished my show was up and running so we could talk about this at some length, but i think it's interesting, john kerry, chuck hagel, two men with, i think, five purple hearts between them, and both of them, although, they votedded for iraq and afghanistan, can't say they are completely doves, although, maybe john kerry didn't vote for iraq. i can't keep it straight, but in any case, what it does, and we
to delay chunk hagel's nomination as defense secretary, lindsay graham says republicans were just doing their due diligence. >> you are talking about a person whose voting record shows softness on iran and antagonism toward israel. he would be the most antagonistic in history. i think we're doing our job to scrutiny recognize i think one of the most unqualified radical choices for secretary of defense in a have a long time. >> peter: what does this mean to the american people and our troops serving overseas. joining us is steve, the ceo of concerned veterans of america. good morning. i would think that as a veteran receive a you would love this guy, did veteran representative, would you love this guy did you does he meet the mark or not? >> we came out early against senator ha did gel as the nominee for secretary of defense. we do honor and thank him what he as done for veterans. he has bring great for veterans. >> peter: where does he fall in line? >> wrong man, wrong job, wrong time. he hasn't been a thought meter on the issues and hasn't been forward looking in defense and hasn't put
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